How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
Sally Wolf, Executive Director, Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice Project and Lina Cramer, Principal, Wisdom-Exchange were my trainers for a World Cafe event held in Springfield, IL, November, 2007. The Cafes were created as part of Connecting the Pathways Conference, a collaborative juvenile justice gathering
Circle Training in 2008 through the Community Justice for Youth Institute (CJYI) added another practice to my list.
And through Sally, Lina, and others efforts the first Illinois Art of Hosting Retreat, Creating Healthy Communities So Children and Families Thrive, was held May 2009, in Springfield, IL. I was able to attend the 2010 Retreat as well.
Tell us about your experience with Art of Hosting as part of your life and work. What would you say your competence in it is? (new, starting practitioner, experienced practitioner, steward)
Starting practitioner would describe my competence level. I am a regular leader of Circles with adjudicated youth.
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
Adjudicated youth and their families.
Where do you live/work?
Northern Illinois, working at Focus House, a residential placement center for youth on probation operated by Ogle County, IL Probation Department